Journal Social Media Editors (JSMEs)

The Journal Social Media Editors are a team of active microbology researchers working to keep our community up to date about the latest articles and collections from the FEMS Journals. The JSME team also organize around awareness days and we help them to share their science communications work.

Project Manager

Joseph Brooks Shuttleworth

Short bio: J
oseph is the Science Communications Officer at FEMS, where he leads on the digital media and social media side of things, and manages various communications projects and volunteer teams with a SciComms focus. Previous to FEMS, he worked in science communications in London at the Science Media Centre UK, and spent time a political factchecker for Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity. His academic background is in Natural Sciences (M.A. University of Cambridge) and the History and Philosophy of Science (M.Sc. University College London), with a focus on the philosophy of computing. Originally from Oxford (UK), as a school student student he spent 3 summers interning at the William Dunn School of Pathology, where he cultivated copious E. coli colonies and a love for microbiology.

Get in touch with him at joseph.shuttleworth “at”


JSME Volunteers

Maja Rischer

Journal: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Short bio: Maja Rischer is from a small town in the east of Germany. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and her Master’s degree in Microbiology in the city of Jena, she enjoyed it so much that she also started her PhD there at the Hans Knöll Institute for Natural Product Chemistry and Infection Biology
Link to personal page: Maja Rischer





Sarah Wettstadt

Journal: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Short bio: Sarah Wettstadt is from Perleberg, a small town in Germany. After having studied Biochemistry at the University of Greifswald, at the north coast of Germany, she did her PhD in Molecular Microbiology with Prof Alain Filloux at Imperial College in London.
Link to personal page: Sarah Wettstadt





Zehra Esra Ilhan

Journal: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
Short bio: Esra is currently a postdoctoral researcher at INRAE, France and she completed her Ph.D. in Microbiology at Arizona State University. She has a background in environmental microbiology and roles of microbiome in female health and metabolic diseases. Her current research focuses on bi-directional interactions between microbiomes and pharmaceuticals in the context of human health.
Link to personal page: Zehra Esra Ilhan





Sunday Omeike

Journal: Pathogens and Disease
Short bio: Dr. Sunday Omeike completed his PhD at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He is currently a Microbiology lecturer at McPherson University in Ogun State, Nigeria. His major research area is possible discovery of novel antimicrobial compounds from bacteria in the Nigerian environment. Antibiotic resistance in endangered communities and science communication are also of high interest.
Link to personal page: Sunday Omeike




Sonja Billerbeck

Journal: FEMS Yeast Research
Short bio: Sonja holds a Master in Biochemistry from the University of Tübingen and the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and a PhD in Bioengineering from ETH Zürich. After a postdoc in yeast Synthetic Biology at Columbia University in New York City, Sonja joined the University of Groningen as Assistant Professor in 2019. In her research, Sonja combines synthetic biology, genome engineering, protein engineering and environmental microbiology to access, understand and engineer the functional diversity of nature’s yeast-based mycobiome for applications in human health, industrial biotechnology and to answer fundamental questions on yeast (pathogen) biology.
Link to personal page: Sonja Billerbeck



Featured Issue

Biology and risk factors of human pathogens from the environment

Many of the most serious human infectious agents are either derived from the wider environment or have environmental reservoirs. In this Thematic Issue from FEMS Microbiology Letters, we explore the underlying biology, transmission cycles and risk factors for a breadth of microbes, presented as a series of original research and mini-reviews.

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